Jesus, God’s promise fulfilled

“‘For he made this promise to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children forever'” (Luke 1:55, NLT).

The MagnificatThe Bible is full of promises, including God’s protection, supplying our needs and his love, mercy and grace. Songs, books and blogs talk of his promises and how we won’t be disappointed because God always keeps his word. But none of them would mean anything and none would come true if it weren’t for God keeping the biggest promise he ever made: to send his Son as a human being.

The promise of a Savior is woven through every book of the Old Testament. Every Hebrew child grew up knowing about him and all of Israel waited, hoped and yearned for his appearing. When Jesus was born, all the promises of God were fulfilled. In Jesus, every hope and dream of humanity was realized. Mary, Zechariah, Simeon and Anna all understood this and praised God for his promise made and his promise kept—Emmanuel, God with us.

God’s pure promises

“The Lord’s promises are pure, like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over” (Psalm 12:6, NLT).

English: Belle, Cogsworth, Chip, and Lumiere

One of my favorite lines from the movie Beauty and the Beast by Disney is the answer given to the Beast by Cogsworth when asked what he should give Belle as a gift: “Flowers, chocolates, promises you don’t intend to keep.” Sadly, this is more than a funny line, it’s a reality in far too many relationships. We’ve all made promises we haven’t kept, unintentionally or otherwise.

We can’t trust ourselves or others to keep promises, but we can be sure God can. He made many promises in the Bible; some were fulfilled right away, some are for the future and a lot are “now but not yet” promises. But all of them will happen. His promises are like bars of pure silver you can take to the bank and his word is as good as gold.